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Maharashtra Govt Formation: Cabinet Expansion Soon, Says Dy CM; Shinde Says PM, Shah Assured Support for State's Growth

NCP chief Sharad Pawar told his party to be ready for mid-term polls, predicting that the new government won't last until 2024

News18.com | July 05, 2022, 23:28 IST
Devendra Fadnavis

A day after the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government won the trust vote in the Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the state cabinet expansion will be done soon. Speaking to reporters at the Nagpur airport on Tuesday, Fadnavis expressed his determination towards the development of the state’s Vidarbha region. “The cabinet expansion will be done soon,” Fadnavis said. On his arrival to his hometown Read More

Jul 05, 2022 15:33 IST

WATCH | CM Shinde Offers Prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple

Jul 05, 2022 15:31 IST

New LoP Ajit Pawar Pays Courtesy Visit to Governor Koshyari

Leader of opposition in the Maharashtra assembly Ajit Pawar paid a courtesy visit to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday. NCP leader Pawar had served as the deputy CM in the previous Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government. Last month, Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde launched a rebellion against the party. Majority of MLAs sided with him, which led to the collapse of the government (comprising Sena, NCP and Congress). On June 30, Shinde was sworn in as the CM, while Devendra Fadnavis took oath as his deputy. Ajit Pawar was named the LoP in Maharashtra assembly, on Monday. “After assuming the role, I paid a courtesy visit to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhawan,” Pawar tweeted on Tuesday. State assembly speaker Rahul Narvekar said the NCP had emerged as the single largest opposition party in the 288-member house. CM Shinde had described Ajit Pawar as a mature politician and administrator. PTI

Jul 05, 2022 15:27 IST

Uddhav Thackeray Meets Women Sainiks, Leaders, Office-bearers

Former CM and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday met women sainiks, leaders and office-bearers at Sena Bhavan. They all unanimously pledged their support to Thackeray.

Uddhav Thackeray Meets Women Sainiks, Leaders, Office-bearers

(Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray meets women sainiks, leaders and office-bearers of the party at Sena Bhavan on Tuesday. Image: News18)

Jul 05, 2022 15:13 IST

Uddhav-led Shiv Sena Will Win Over 100 Seats if Mid-term Polls Are Held in Maha: Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party will win more than 100 seats if mid-term polls are held now in Maharashtra and claimed that people are angry against the rebel MLAs. Attacking the BJP and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Raut said the Sena cannot be hijacked by using money power or mounting pressure through Central agencies. Shiv Sena will win over 100 seats if mid-term polls are held in the state today, looking at the anger against the rebels and enthusiasm in favour of the party. If an MLA quits the party it does not mean that Shiv Sena has lost its voters, Raut told reporters.

Jul 05, 2022 14:56 IST

Miffed Aaditya Thackeray Keeps Shiv Sena’s Next Course of Action All Hush-Hush

The Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena is still reeling from the jolt of losing their MLAs to Eknath Shinde and yet have decided to put up a brave front. When News18 met with former minister and Uddhav Thackeray’s son, Aaditya, during a brief interaction, the young Sena leader exuded confidence in winning the cadre and leaders back. Having portrayed this, one could also see a calculated approach in showing his “utmost dissent” to now Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde, the man who let Uddhav Thackeray down and brought down the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. READ MORE

Jul 05, 2022 13:22 IST

PM Modi, Amit Shah Have Assured Full Support for Maharashtra Development: CM Shinde

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have assured him full support for the development and growth of the state. Addressing hundreds of Shiv Sainiks on Monday night during his first visit to hometown Thane after taking over as the CM, Shinde said the risk that he took (referring to political developments over the last fortnight) has been appreciated by people, despite criticism from certain quarters. “I am going to undertake a tour of the entire state and allot projects in every constituency. There will be a total transformation of the state. I do not exaggerate much, I do work and then speak,” he said.

Jul 05, 2022 12:48 IST

Maharashtra Cabinet Expansion Soon: Devendra Fadnavis

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said the state cabinet expansion will be done soon. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Fadnavis expressed his determination towards the development of the state’s Vidarbha region. “The cabinet expansion will be done soon,” Fadnavis said. On his arrival to his hometown Nagpur following the formation of the new government in the state, BJP workers accorded a grand welcome to the deputy CM, who was accompanied by his wife Amruta Fadnavis.

Jul 05, 2022 12:32 IST

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis Gets Warm Welcome at Nagpur Airport

Jul 05, 2022 11:19 IST

HC Grants Bail to Shiv Sena MP's Associate in Money Laundering Case

The Bombay High Court has granted bail to Saeed Khan, an associate of Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case last year. A single bench of Justice Anuja Prabhudessai on July 1 granted bail to Khan on a personal bond of Rs one lakh. Khan, accused of siphoning funds from a trust called ‘Mahila Utkarsh Pratishthan’, was arrested by the ED in September 2021. The court said it would give a detailed order later. Gawali, the Lok Sabha member from Yavatmal-Washim constituency in Maharashtra, is also an accused in the case and has appeared before the ED thrice to record her statement.

Jul 05, 2022 10:39 IST

Thackerays, Ajit Pawar, Fadnavis: In Victory Speech after Trust Vote Win, Many on Eknath Shinde's Radar

Maharashtra’s new chief minister Eknath Shinde sailed through the trust vote he faced on the floor of the assembly on Monday, effectively bringing to an end the political flux the state had been experiencing for several days. Shinde led a rebellion last month with a section of Shiv Sena MLAs that prompted the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government— a combination of the Sena, Congress, and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). In his nearly 75-minute-long victory speech that followed the trust vote win, Shinde addressed a range of issues, such as the reasons behind his rebellion in the Shiv Sena, why so many party MLAs joined him, and why he joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party, etc. He also referred to several political leaders— taking digs at some, and praising others. READ MORE

Jul 05, 2022 09:41 IST

Ajit Pawar New Opposition Leader in Maharashtra Assembly

NCP leader Ajit Pawar was on Monday named the leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly. He succeeds BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn in as Deputy CM on June 30. Speaker Rahul Narvekar announced that Pawar will take over as Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, adding NCP has emerged as the single largest opposition party in the 288-member House. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde described Ajit Pawar as a mature politician and administrator.

Jul 05, 2022 08:45 IST

Those Willing to Stay Search for Reasons, Those Willing to Go Look for Excuses: Sanjay Raut

Jul 05, 2022 08:41 IST

'Yes It's ED Govt...': Devendra Fadnavis's Wordplay on Uddhav Camp's ED Chants in Maha Assembly

Opposition MLAs hooted and chanted “ED!” in the Maharashtra Assembly when a Thackeray camp MLA supported Eknath Shinde in the trust vote today. Santosh Bangar, who had earlier posted a video on his Twitter account showing him weeping in support of Uddhav Thackeray, today crossed over to Shinde’s side. The opposition MLAs also shouted “ED, ED” when Pratap Sarnaik supported Eknath Shinde during the trust vote, an NDTV report said. Sarnaik faces a money-laundering investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). On Sunday, the opposition MLAs had shouted “ED, ED” when Shiv Sena MLA Yamini Yashwant Jadhav, of the Eknath Shinde camp, voted for the Speaker’s election.

Jul 05, 2022 08:21 IST

People Delayed by 2-3 Mins Couldn't Enter House As They Closed Lobby Gates: Ashok Chavan

Jul 05, 2022 08:15 IST

Will Decide on Cabinet Formation Soon: Eknath Shinde

Pointing to the hectic political activities of the last fortnight, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday said he will need some time before he and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis of BJP discuss the allocation of cabinet portfolios. Earlier in the day, the Eknath Shinde-led government won the trust vote in the Assembly. With 164 MLAs voting for the motion of confidence and 99 against it, the Shinde government appears firm in the saddle with the support of the BJP and others. Let us breathe properly. It was quite hectic for us. I and Devendra Fadnavis will sit and discuss cabinet portfolios and their allocation. We will also get the allocation vetted from national leaders of the BJP, Shinde told reporters after winning the trust vote.

Jul 05, 2022 07:26 IST

Shinde as Maha CM Shows BJP Never Craves Power: Party's Political Resolution

The political resolution at the BJP national executive has said the party’s support to Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde as Maharashtra’s chief minister shows it never craves power but believes in serving people “selflessly” and working for their welfare. For Maharashtra’s development and its people’s welfare, the BJP has supported Eknath Shinde as chief minister and Devendra Fadnavis, the party’s main face in the state, has taken oath as deputy chief minister, the resolution noted. Due to the “opportunistic and unprincipled” alliance of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, which included the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena, the state’s development was stopped and people faced “massive corruption and misgovernance”, it said.

Jul 05, 2022 07:20 IST

Uddhav Accuses BJP of Plotting to Finish Shiv Sena, Dares it to Hold Mid-term Polls in Maha

On a day the Eknath Shinde-led government won the trust vote in the Maharashtra Assembly, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday targeted the BJP saying it was scheming to finish his party, and dared it to hold mid-term elections in the state. Addressing a meeting of Sena district presidents at the Shiv Sena Bhawan here, the former chief minister, who had to resign due to Shinde’s revolt, said it was an insult to the Constitution to run the Legislative Assembly arbitrarily. As per a statement issued by the Shiv Sena, Thackeray told the Sena district presidents to stay together if they want to put up a fight.

Jul 05, 2022 07:10 IST

'When I Lost My Children...' How the Darkest Day in Shinde's Life Shaped His Brightest Day in Politics

For Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the trust vote was an emotional moment. With tears in his eyes, Shinde was delighted yet choked with grief. Having engineered the perfect coup with Shiv Sena legislators who were unhappy with the Uddhav Thackeray leadership, one would have expected Shinde to don a wide smile when the Speaker declared his government safe. But Shinde teared up remembering his gurus — Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and mentor ‘Dharamveer’ Anand Dighe. The CM had to fight tears towards the end of the session when he addressed the House and spoke of his struggles. He recalled how he rose through the ranks despite being wary of entering full-fledged politics.

Jul 05, 2022 07:08 IST

Aaditya Thackeray’s Name Not on Disqualification List, Shinde Faction Says It’s ‘Out of Respect for…’

The Eknath Shinde-led faction of the Shiv Sena hasn’t given Aaditya Thackeray’s name for disqualification even though he defied the party whip to support the government during the floor test on Monday. Reason: “Out of Respect for Bal Thackeray”. Chief whip of the Shinde-led faction Bharat Gogawale told ANI, “We have given notices to disqualify all the MLAs who defied our whip. We have not given his (Aaditya Thackeray’s) name (for disqualification) given our respect for Balasaheb Thackeray… CM will take a call on this.”

Nagpur following the formation of the new government in the state, BJP workers accorded a grand welcome to the deputy CM, who was accompanied by his wife Amruta Fadnavis. From the airport, the BJP leader embarked on a ‘jallosh yatra’ (victory celebration) organised here by his supporters. Last month, Shinde launched a rebellion against the Sena. Majority of MLAs sided with him, which led to the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray.

After winning the trust vote in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, the Eknath Shinde faction of Shiv Sena on Monday night issued a notice to 14 legislators from the Uddhav Thackeray camp for violating a whip issued by Shiv Sena chief whip and Shinde loyalist Bharat Gogawale. The notice, however, excluded the name of Aaditya Thackeray, son of party chief Uddhav Thackeray, out of respect.

The whip issued by Gogawale had asked all the MLAs of Shiv Sena to vote for Eknath Shinde in the trust vote. Gogawale was recognised as the chief whip of Shiv Sena by Maharashtra Speaker Rahul Narvekar on Sunday, a day before the floor test. It is true that we have issued a notice for the violation of the whip to Shiv Sena MLAs who did not vote for CM Shinde.

However, we have omitted the name of Aaditya from it out of respect, Gogawale told PTI. He said all Shiv Sena MLAs, including those in the Uddhav Thackeray camp, had worked together for a long time with Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray. “We respect them. But they should have addressed our concerns,” he added.

The Shiv Sena had 55 MLAs before the rebellion in the 288-member Assembly, whose current strength is 287 due to the death of a Sena legislator. In the trust vote, 164 MLAs voted for the motion of confidence while 99 voted against it.

Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray gathered the Shiv Sena MLAs at the party’s office in Mumbai on Monday evening and dared Eknath Shinde-led new government to mid-term elections. This came hours after the Team Shinde-BJP coalition proved its majority comfortably as some more Shiv Sena MLAs crossed over to the new government.

“This is BJP’s ploy to end the Shiv Sena; I dare them to hold mid-term polls in the state. Instead of playing all these games, we will go to the court of people,” Thackeray said in a statement. “If we are wrong, people of the state will send us home; and if you (BJP and Shinde group) are wrong, people will send you home,” he added.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday told his party to be ready for mid-term polls, predicting that the new government won’t last until 2024, when the next assembly elections are due.

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